First live post back from Vegas. Let's just say that it was one of those weekends that makes you swear off gambling... until next time.
We’re unabashed fans of Newsweek’s editor at large Evan Thomas because for years he has, wittingly or not, pulled back the curtain to show the rest of us the mindset that governs how it is that Big Media covers the events of the day.
From Inside Washington over the weekend, here’s Thomas on the terrorist attack at Fort Hood last week:
I cringe that he's a Muslim. I mean, because it inflames all the fears. I think he's probably just a nut case. But with that label attached to him, it will get the right wing going and it just -- I mean these things are tragic, but that makes it much worse.
NPR’s Nina Totenberg soon chimed in with the agreement: “It really is tragic that he was a Muslim.”
Translation: Dammit, my plans to take in that polo match out in the Hamptons had to be scratched because of this idiot. Instead of chardonnay with the beautiful people, I’m working the weekend, spinning furiously for the ‘religion of peace’.
Why could it not have been some white guy named John Smith that was a regular attendee of an evangelical church and a Fox News-watcher? We’ve got the template for that. That baby would’ve been on autopilot the moment he was brought down by that cop. But, nooooo… now we have to deal with that whole tedious Islamo-fascist/terrorism thing again. That was so, like, 8 years ago. Can’t we just move on?
As of this posting, the terrorist, Hasan is conscious and coherent. With credible evidence now being released by ABC News that Hasan had attempted to make contact with people associated with al Qaeda, one could not be blamed for thinking that poor old, overworked and stressed-out Evan Thomas wished that the woman who ended the massacre, Kimberly Munley, was just a little better aim.